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Friday, October 28 • 5:00pm - 5:50pm
The Forgotten World of Steam

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A look at inventions most people don’t remember—like hot-air engines, solar steam, heliographs, John Wise’s trans-Atlantic balloons, the Spencer and its tubes—forgotten technological history that would fit right into a steampunk story.

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CW

Courtney Willis

Courtney Willis was a science teacher for 50 years, splitting his time about equally between high school and then college. He is now an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. He is finally completely retired except for Connie's projects around the house.

Participants
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes has 31 commercially published and two self-published novels, some of them to his credit, along with hundreds of magazine articles, short stories, blog posts, and encyclopedia articles. Most of his life he has written professionally, and for much of it he has been some kind of teacher, and in between he has held a large number of odd jobs involving math, show business, politics, and marketing, which have more in common than you'd... Read More →
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Kerry Major

Kerry Major is a history major from MSCD with a quirky emphasis on military history, blunders, and silly anecdotes. He's also a 12-year Live-Steel Swordfighting veteran, a self-proclaimed anachronistic engineer, occasional con panelist, and—in the words of Bill Cherf—a "Technologist." He doesn't currently have any projects announced, but a few behind the scenes may be coming soon!
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Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past, The Esterhazy Press
Rob S. Rice proudly considers himself an ‘Ambassador from the Past.’ He holds a doctorate in Ancient History and works as ‘The Professor’ at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, where he teaches all kinds of history to participants and customers alike. He’s written large amounts of non-fiction historical material, including 776 entries in Amber’s Encyclopedia of Warfare. He enjoys reading the old forgotten classics of Science Fiction... Read More →
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Sourdough Jackson

Sourdough Jackson discovered Jules Verne at age six, and has been reading SF ever since. Shortly after finding fandom, he met Denver fan Gail Barton at a convention, and they married in 1978. Since that time, he’s been active in many aspects of fandom, and he and Gail have accumulated a huge library of SF and fantasy books. A lifelong student of naval history, he recently published his first novel, Torpedo Junction, an alternate-history... Read More →


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